“A nigger is a nigger and a Swede is a Swede”. Top leaders of Sweden’s main gov party stating position on Mandela’s struggle against apartheid | The PROFESSORS’ BLOG – Science, Culture & Human Rights For All

For instance, the head of the Moderates of that time, Mr Ulf Adelsohn, declared in opposition to the boycott against the South African apartheid regime by 1985, that such boycott from the part of the Swedes would cause the “poor niggers be left without work” [”de stackars negrerna annars skulle stå utan jobb”] [1]. When asked by TT News agency whether he regretted to have used such deleterious terms, and that have caused some irritation, Adelsohn replied, why, “a nigger is a nigger and a Swede is a Swede” [“En neger är en neger och en svensk är en svensk”]. [2][According to the Wikipedia article “Nigger” , in Sweden, the use of “nigger” is equivalent of “neger”, and traditionally the term has not conveyed the same pejorative use than in the US, and it had possessed the same character than in the ordinary use of neger “Det har dock traditionellt inte haft samma starka värdeladdning som i USA, utan också haft karaktären av en vardaglig variant av neger”. According to the Wikipedia article “Neger”, “the word neger is not ordinarily used in modern Swedish because it is controversial and can be understood as denigrating and offensive” “Ordet används vanligtvis inte i modernt språkbruk eftersom det är kontroversiellt och kan uppfattas som nedsättande och kränkande”].

 

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